Douglas S. Oles

Douglas S. Oles

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Recognized since 2003

Seattle, Washington

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Construction Law
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Practice Emphasis and Experience

    For more than 25 years, Douglas Oles has concentrated his practice on helping clients to avoid and resolve disputes on complex contracts relating to construction, supply, energy, real estate development and intellectual property licensing. Today, he is also increasingly involved as a neutral mediator and arbitrator in contract-based disputes.

    Mr. Oles has prepared, negotiated and litigated claims resulting in recoveries in excess of $100 million on major projects performed for government agencies and private owners. Most of his work has been in Alaska and the western United States, but assignments have ranged from Europe to South America. As a principal developer of the firm’s international contracts practice, Mr. Oles is an Honourary Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.

    • "Choosing Governing Law and Venue for Disputes in International Arbitration," Society of Construction Law Conference, Kuala Lumpur (September 2014)
    • "Contract Eschatology: Suspension & Termination," International Construction Law Conference, London (September 2012)
    • "Contract Negotiation and Drafting," Society of Construction Law Conference, Melbourne (May 2012)
    • “Technical Claim Defenses,” ABA Construction Forum, Atlanta (October 2011)
    • "Resolving Construction Disputes in Canada and the U.S. - Looking Back, Looking Forward," ABA Annual Meeting (August 2011)
    • “Forms and Forums in the United States,” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Ottawa (June 2011)
    • "Construction Claims Disputes and Liability," Pacific Business & Law Institute (April 2011)
    • "Communication - Proper & Timely Notifications,” Construction Seminars Northwest (April 2010)
    • Society of Construction Law Conference in Hong Kong (December 2010)
    • “Federal Contracting,” ABA Construction Forum, Philadelphia (October 2009)
    • Society of Construction Law Conference in London (October 2008)
    • London Super Conference (2002-2006)
    • “Dispute Review Boards,” OMRB Construction and Public Contract Law Seminar (2005)
    • “Negotiating Changes to ‘Standard’ Form Contracts,” OMRB Construction and Public Contract Law Seminar (2004)
      Professional and Civic Involvement
      • American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow and national journal editor
      • American Bar Association, Chair, Forum on the Construction Industry (2005-2006)
      • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
      • JAMS, Panel of Neutrals & GEC Board member
      • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
      • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
      • Alaska Bar Association
      • International Bar Association
      • President, The Rainier Club (2007-2008)
      • British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, life member
        • Washington State Supreme Court
        • U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Washington
        • U.S. District Court, Western District, Washington
        • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
        • U.S. Supreme Court
          • J.D., University of Washington, with honors
          • B.A., Stanford University, History, with distinction and department honors (Phi Beta Kappa)
            • Martindale Hubbell AV rating for over 20 years
            • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© every year since 2003
            • Who’s Who in America since 2008
            • International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers since 2007
            • Washington’s “Super Lawyers” since 2006

  • 600 University Street, Suite 1800
    Seattle, WA 98101
  • Stanford University, History
  • University of Washington

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Construction Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - Construction, Seattle (2021)
  • Construction Law, Seattle (2013)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction


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